Steven Newmaster

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Director, NHP Research Alliance Professor College of Biological Science Department of Integrative Biology Guelph, Ontario snewmast@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 56002

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Dr. Newmaster's research program explores biodiversity; the variety of life across landscapes, and communities at both the organismal and molecular levels. He is particularly intrigued by cryptic diversity, the maintenance of diversity at one level that is not readily apparent at others.


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Bio/Research

Dr. Newmaster's research program explores biodiversity; the variety of life across landscapes, and communities at both the organismal and molecular levels. He is particularly intrigued by cryptic diversity, the maintenance of diversity at one level that is not readily apparent at others.

Newmaster and his students employ new molecular techniques for exploring cryptic diversity in plants. They cultivate and test hypotheses in order to understand the evolutionary and ecological processes underlying the origin, distribution and maintenance of biodiversity. Their exploration of cryptic variation includes 1) long-term, densely sampled and well-characterized temperate systems within the Flora of Ontario, 2) under sampled and remote regions of the planet (e.g., within the Amazon, Asia) and 3) variation within plant species (intraspecific variation in ecotypes) and variation within individuals (endopolyploidy).


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